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The Child Nutrition Program Team welcomes Mr. Eddie Garcia!

Mr. Garcia will continue to serve and provide excellent customer service to the Vanguard Academy students, staff and community!

Welcome Back Mr. Garcia. CNP is so Blessed to have you in our team.

National School Lunch Week

October 09-13, 2023

For Immediate Release:
October 06, 2023



RGV, Texas - Vanguard Academy Charter School joins Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 9-13, using the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and School Nutrition Association (SNA) theme “Level up with School Lunch.” All week Vanguard Academy Charter School will serve  fun and healthy lunches that include all the nutrition students need to learn, grow, and thrive.

“A healthy lunch fuels success in the classroom,” Commissioner Miller said. “Every year TDA works hard to ensure our school nutrition teams have the resources they need to teach Texas children about healthy eating habits that will last long after the school day is done. This week, I encourage young Texans to join us in supporting school nutrition in Texas, as we ‘Level Up with School Lunch’ to see how a balanced diet can make a difference in the classroom and for a lifetime.”

Vanguard Academy Charter School encourages every student to enjoy a nutritious school lunch every day this week. They can enjoy healthy menu items like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat/low sodium proteins and more! Planned activities include: student activity sheets. Vanguard Academy Charter School parents can tell their children about the National School Lunch Week events and encourage them to eat a school lunch. More information on the Vanguard Academy Charter School’s menu and serving times can be found at their website here: or by contacting your child’s school.


“Thank you TDA for the blessing of providing Vanguard Academy students with a healthy meal” said Child Nutrition Director, Galina O. Reyes.


National School Lunch Week
Level up with School Lunch: October 10-13, 2023
TDA is excited to announce this school year’s National School Lunch Week (NSLW) theme: Level Up with School Lunch! We are pleased to share that the theme aligns with the School Nutrition Association which will make planning for and participating in this national celebration more convenient for you and your school.

The Level Up with School Lunch theme is intended to engage students and encourage them to eat healthy school meals by linking nutritious foods to video games that resonate with them. Students can gain health points (aka “HP”) with fruits and vegetables or “Power Up” with protein food from your menu. 




Dear Vanguard Academy Family,
Vanguard Academy Child Nutrition Program is blessed to serve our community for the 2023-2024 school year.
Meals, food and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
School menu is subject to change at any time without an advance notice due to circumstances beyond our control. 
The attachments below are the Local Wellness Plan and Local Wellness Policy that were Board approved on May 23rd, 2023.
Nutrition and Fitness
The winning recipe for a healthy lifestyle includes a combination of both good nutrition and physical activity. Your body needs a variety of nutrient rich foods to grow and prevent illness. And your body also needs to move and exercise every day.

Key things you need to know about leading a healthy lifestyle are:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grain products
  • Control portion sizes and never "supersize"
  • Get active for at least 60 minutes, five times a week for ages 6-18
  • Avoid tobacco and illegal drugs all together

Well-nourished students have higher test scores, increased school attendance, improved concentration, and improved classroom behavior. Students, who are physically fit, sleep better and are better able to handle the physical and emotional challenges that they encounter during the day.

Learn how to eat healthy with MyPlate
Remember the food pyramid? Meet MyPlate, the official symbol of the five food groups. Learn how to make MyPlate work for you.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 is available. Learn more.
Nutrition - Good nutrition leads to great academic performance
  • Your body needs healthy fuel to perform, to grow and to ward off illness and disease. 
  • Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on your ability to do well in school.
  • When your nutritional needs are met, you have the cognitive energy to learn and achieve.
  • You will be better prepared to learn, more likely to attend school, and are more apt to take advantage of learning opportunities.
Protein – Choose a variety of foods with lean protein
  • Protein is an indispensable nutrient and can be found throughout every tissue in our body. Protein is a vital source of energy but the most important function of protein is building and repairing tissue. Protein ins needed for our immune function, proteins transport vitamins and minerals throughout our body.
Grains – Make half of all the grains you eat whole grains
  • Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides health benefits. Dietary fiber from whole grains, may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including several B vitamins, magnesium and selenium.
Vegetables - Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Fruits – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Dairy – Always choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  • Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health during school aged years, when bone mass is being built. It provides important sources of calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and help to lower blood pressure in adults.

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Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help. Additional translations services available as well.


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1. Mail:
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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